company bonds and unity
rather than competitive
right brain integration
1.Unity: Drumming is a powerful
experience of unity for a group, bringing people together
with a common focus. Drumming leaves people with a sense of
2. Skills development. With focus
on the specific brief and the objectives of the conference,
team building activity or training program, we facilitate
a structured programme using the core concepts found in orchestrated
music to showcase harmonious working relationships and develop
skills that are utilised daily in the work place. This serves
to enhance company ethos. It highlights the learning of a
new skill, and on top of that encourages the ability to embrace
change as the session evolves. People learn to listen to each
other and work in a cooperative rather than competitive manner.
It is a way to feel the power of interdependent working relationships,
and leaves the participants feeling a sense of belonging.
Drumming teaches coordination to people, that is beneficial
to them in their lives. Left and right brain are used at the
same time, which stimulates creativity and increases concentration.
The understanding of the importance of rhythm in all areas
of life can be a great insight. This carries over into the
workplace through new thought processing and encourages “thinking
outside of the square”.
3. Mental Shift: The effects
of drumming on peoples mental state is very profound in that
the focus, stress release and group energy after a circle,
all add together to leave people feeling both stimulated,
relaxed and receptive. This is effective as a tool to set
the atmosphere and tone of a conference, team building activity
and corporate events.
4. Physical Shift: It is physical
activity, which can be a great stress release. Breaks the
ice and leaves people feeling relaxed. The feeling experienced
after drumming in a group has been likened to the effect derived
from meditation and is therefore very rejuvenating.
5. Breaking barriers: Drumming
is successful in groups of very diverse participants. Old,
young, male female, any religion, language, seniority etc
can all do it together and it is a very universal activity.
Sometimes it is healthy for management to do something together
with other departments where the playing fields are leveled.
6. Fun: Really fun way to do
something together. Everybody will be smiling and in a great
mood. Really breaks the ice. It’s a real celebration
as people relax and feel comfortable to interact with each
other. Drumming has been used in for centuries to celebrate,
reward and inspire.
7. Unique: Drumming is very memorable
since it is such an unusual thing to do. Most people will
never have drummed before, and certainly would not have seen
a large group formed into an instant orchestra. We give each
delegate an authentic Djembe drum, originating in West Africa.
8. Multicultural Diversity: Drumming
is a great way to open people up to the beauty of diverse
cultures. It is a universal language and therefore showcases
the power of multiculturalism. We can do entire shows without
saying a word in English, using only body language.
How does the drum help to relieve stress?
There are numerous ways this occurs. When people drum, they
are generally having fun. It is difficult to be in a playful
mode and be stressed at the same time. Also, as described
previously, the drum has the capacity to release negative
feelings-of which stress is clearly one. When one hits the
drum, he or she is placed squarely in the here and now. Some
of our stress is created from past or future thoughts of fear,
worry, or regret, but it is very difficult to be stressed
and be in the present moment.
Robert Lawrence Friedman, MA, Author of "The Healing
Power of the Drum", psychotherapist, president of Stress